Senator Lamar Alexander Statement on Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Posted on October 5, 2018

WASHINGTON, October 5, 2018 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on today’s vote in the Senate to end debate on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court:

“I’m voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh because of his 26 years of distinguished public service and his reputation as a superior jurist, lawyer and teacher.  It would be fundamentally unfair and a dangerous precedent not to confirm him because of an uncorroborated alleged sexual assault 36 years ago. 

“Between 1993 and 2018 the FBI interviewed nearly 150 persons in six separate background checks of Judge Kavanaugh. I have reviewed the results of these background checks.  It appears that in every interview the FBI asked whether the interviewee was aware of alcohol or prescription drug abuse by Judge Kavanaugh.  Not one person interviewed said they knew of such a problem or of inappropriate sexual behavior.

“I also reviewed the seventh background check involving Judge Kavanaugh, which was conducted earlier this week. It confirmed that the only person who remembers the incident Dr. Ford alleges is Dr. Ford, including the four others she said were present, each of whom stated under penalty of felony that it didn’t happen or that they don’t remember any such incident. 

“Senate Democrats have treated Judge Kavanaugh as innocent until nominated. They have victimized him and Dr. Ford and their families. They have diminished the United States Senate and its confirmation process by their embarrassing irresponsibility.”